The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity (BAA) has reached its halfway mark.  The implementer, WorldFish, is seeking an independent third party to conduct a thorough mid-term evaluation to contribute to a review of program performance and make recommendations for  implementation during the activities final two years. 
 
It is expected that the mid-term evaluation (MTE) would serve as a process evaluation and concentrate on reviewing implementation processes to produce planned outputs and the logic reflected in the results framework to determine if the project is likely to achieve intended results, objectives, and impact and to  point toward adaptations which are likely to improve results.
 
WorldFish is looking for an external consultant or agency to undertake the MTE based on the scope of work and specific deliverables outlined here.
 
Background
 
The aquaculture activity is fairly large.  The activity uses a market systems approach to development, and there are dozens of local partners funded through sub-grants and contracts across the southern half of the country.  The activity works in 23 districts, and the activity's partners and beneficiaries speak a few different languages.  It is critical that the applicant selected for this assignment shows verifiable qualifications to successfully complete this evaluation.
 
Briefly, the USAID Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity (BAA) is intended to foster sustained, positive aquaculture sector growth through an inclusive market systems approach.  BAA is a five-year PIO activity (2018-2023) implemented by WorldFish with total funding of $24.5 million.  BAA sustainably improves the livelihoods of fish farmers and other aquaculture market actors by applying a market systems approach through which BAA joins with the private sector to identify solutions to systemic obstacles and the partners then test the solution via activities funded through the sub-grants and significant co-funding.  
 
In this market systems approach, there is very limited direct delivery of services;  rather, the intent is to discover and replicate practices which overcome obstacles to lasting improvement in close collaboration with market actors. These obstacles might lie in any aspect of the aquaculture industry-- in fish health and feeding, certainly, but also in transportation, finance, or marketing--  and it is assumed that both the causes of and solutions to market obstacles are known to the market actors.  That is, farmers want to grow more food, people want higher incomes, and processors want to reach new customers, but they face difficult challenges. They might have tried to overcome the challenges and fallen short or they have never tested possible solutions for lack of resources.  Virtually all program activities are done through partnerships with private sector enterprises and professional associations. 
 
BAA focuses on improved nutrition through more productive aquaculture and has strong cross cutting elements of environment, youth, and gender which are inculcated into sub-grantees.  The objectives are:
  • Increased productivity of aquaculture production systems.
  • Strengthened aquaculture market system, with particular attention to expanding opportunities for women and youth.
  • Increased awareness and adoption of nutrition-related behaviors, with a particular focus on women and youth.
The life of activity targets are:
  • 400,000 men, women, and youth in the ZOI have improved access to better quality aquaculture inputs, services, and/or market channels
  • 30% expansion of investment by the private sector in the ZOI in aquaculture production and market related to inputs and services (e.g., seed, feed, production/ market related information, technology, etc.)
  • 30% increase in productivity from ponds and ghers in the ZOI
  • 20% increase in the number of households adopting improved nutritional practices (consumption of nutritious food, dietary diversity and hygiene practices)
Deliverables
 
The selected evaluator will follow all requirements and standard practices of USAID and Feed the Future.  The key products to be produced are:
  • Inception Report showing the proposed approach, a key questions matrix, sampling approach, and timeline. 
  • Implementation Plan for the complete process with a calendar of key activities and milestones.
  • Lists of sites visited, types and number of informants, etc.. 
  • Digital transcripts of interviews and discussions.
  • Cleaned primary qualitative and quantitative (if applicable) data set 
  • Draft Report for review
  • Presentation of the evaluation findings, conclusions, recommendations, lessons learned, and good practices.
  • Final written MTE report in English and approved by USAID. 
Additional and more detailed deliverables are specified in the full terms of reference (TOR).
 
The mid-term evaluation is scheduled to take place within the months of January to March, 2021.
 
Who can apply
 
Only qualified training institutions and job centers should apply.  "Qualified" means an established organization with a track record in evaluating USAID activities, particularly Feed the Future activities.
 
Required documentation 
 
If selected for this contract, the partner will be required to show proper legal documentation such as:
  • Certificate of appreciation from respective local government representative 
  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license)
  • A list of key personnel
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • VAT registration number
  • Proof of a segregated account/bank account (providing the name and address of such an account)
  • Other valid papers (provided by government institutions)
  • Joint stock registration certificate (if applicable)
  • The consulting firm must bear all annual income tax (AIT)
  • Percentage of VAT and total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the proposal.
Submission details
 
Interested parties should submit proposal before 8 December 2020, either online or via email to: wfbanaproject@cgiar.org mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.
 
 
For further details please visit: https://www.worldfishcenter.org